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Ludlow Fringe Festival

Ludlow Shropshire England
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15th - 30th June 2019 

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The Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts

Presteigne Powys Wales
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27th August - 1st September 2020 

Hailed by Musical Opinion Quarterly as 'an indispensable mainstay of the cultural calendar', the 2020 Presteigne Festival programme brings together a typically wide variety of constituents.

Included is an exploration of lesser-known music from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, a feature of the work of Leoš Janáček – one of the most original musical voices of the twentieth-century – and a celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday year.

The Festival's advocacy of contemporary British music continues with Tarik O'Regan as composerin-residence and a corpus of eight exciting and eclectic commissions from O'Regan (Mosaic Rooms, a concerto for saxophone and string orchestra), Martin Butler (Body Electric, for solo saxophone), Gary Carpenter (a string orchestra piece, as dreams are made on), Amelia Clarkson (a set of songs for tenor and harp), Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade (the Presteigne Festival's first ever 'Evolve' composer), Joseph Phibbs (a Violin Sonata), Emma-Ruth Richards (a string quartet work, Tenebris Litterarum) and 2020 Royal Philharmonic Society Emerging Composer, Robin Haigh (a work for solo harp).

The Festival's successful partnership with Nova Music Opera continues into its sixth year, with a
triple-bill – Janáček's atmospheric The Diary of One Who Disappeared in the translation by Nobel prize-winner Seamus Heaney is programmed with Judith Weir's striking King Harald's Saga – an opera in three acts for unaccompanied female voice and Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade's fascinating new music theatre work Reginald: The Musings of an Edwardian Gentleman, which draws its material from the writings of Saki.

A balanced collection of supporting events includes a trio of Irish films, literary talks, an exhibition in association with the Sidney Nolan Trust and Presteigne Open Studios, organised in co-operation with locally-based artists.

The 2020 Festival boasts a wonderfully starry artist line-up – the Carducci Quartet, Nova Music Opera, violinist Chloë Hanslip, pianists Clare Hammond and Andrew Matthews-Owen, Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson, singers Bradley Smith and Jonathan Gunthorpe, trumpeter Angela Whelan and harpist Oliver Wass. The Bath Camerata are choir-in-residence conducted by director Benjamin Goodson, whilst the ever-popular resident Festival Orchestra undertakes three concerts under artistic director George Vass.

Community outreach continues to be a vital part of the Presteigne Festival's offer, enabling better
engagement with communities both at home and away. In 2020 we'll be working with senior
members of the community in association with the Bleddfa Centre and the East Radnorshire Day Centre, whilst our Autumn Tour to Bristol and Birmingham will be undertaken by exciting young harpist, Oliver Wass.

The full programme will be available in print and online at the end of April 2020

Brochures available
at the end of April from:
Presteigne Festival, PO Box 30,
Powys LD8 2WF
01544 267800

Images :

  1. Bath Camerata
  2. Carducci Quartet
  3. Amy Dickson
  4. Clare Hammond
  5. Chloe Hanslip
  6. Bradley Smith

Bath CamerataCarducci Quartet 1Dickson Amy 1Hammond Clare 3Hanslip Chloe 2Smith Bradley

The Burwarton Agricultural Show

Bridgnorth Shropshire England
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Burwarton Show Committee members, as organisers of the annual Burwarton Show, are monitoring the current Coronavirus situation closely and carefully.

The Show is still four months away and we continue with our planning and organisation on a "business as usual" basis in anticipation that late summer events can be held.

Many trade stand applications have already been received and continue to come into the Show office. We urge everyone to complete the forms and send them in as soon as possible so that they are on file ready for processing once the situation becomes clearer. Invoices will be issued when we know for sure that the Show can go ahead.

These are very uncertain times for everyone with regulations and restrictions changing almost daily which makes it very difficult for event organisers. The safety of everyone involved is our key priority and any decisions we make will reflect all the current advice available to us at the time.

We thank you for your continued support.

Alan Watkins


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Shropshire Oktoberfest

Shrewsbury Shropshire England
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In a County renowned for its food we sometimes forget about the awesome drink the region has to offer.

Shrewsbury Quarry - 2nd & 3rd October 2020 

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Festival at the Edge

Whitchurch Shropshire England
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International Storytelling Festival

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